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Mornings on Horseback (original 1981; edition 1982)

by David McCullough

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Title:Mornings on Horseback
Authors:David McCullough
Info:Peter Smith Pub Inc (1982), Library Binding
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Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough (1981)

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    The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin (rakerman)
    rakerman: The Bully Pulpit covers some biographical details of Theodore Roosevelt Jr.'s life but at a much quicker summary level than Mornings on Horseback. Mornings on Horseback starts off mostly about Theodore Roosevelt Sr., and its level of detail is sometimes excruciating. Each book provides a different perspective on the life and character of Theodore Roosevelt Jr.; they complement each other well.… (more)
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Fantastic book about the early life of Theodore Roosevelt. It dives into the many interesting aspects of TR's upbringing that make a fascinating story regardless of the fact that he eventually became a well loved POTUS. This book does not even touch on the most interesting parts of TR's life, but leaves you in a situation that you can see where he came from (which is what the author intended).

McCullough always researches extremely well and it is no exception with this book. Stories from his life are not just told, but dissected from the many different viewpoints available and checked for veracity. Reading a McCullough book is to be taken back in time to when the history happened. For example, McCullough expounds on the history of asthma and what was currently known during TR's youth and how as a rich child TR's parents would spend thousands of dollars to try to combat the disease. ( )
  JaredChristopherson | Nov 16, 2015 |
Brilliantly written. McCullough really gets to the heart of what made Teddy Teddy. Some wonderful insights into his personality and the shaping of the man. I still can't get over the image of the patrician Roosevelt investigating the slums and cigar industry with Samuel Gompers. Because Teddy was so easy to caricature, many of us
do not get beyond the carton image of him tugging the boat through the Panama Canal or walking giant like with his "big Stick." As one of our most dynamic and complex presidents he deserves better and Mr McCullough
delivers!

Now please, please, please write a biography of James Madison, Mr. McCullough.
( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
Brilliantly written. McCullough really gets to the heart of what made Teddy Teddy. Some wonderful insights into his personality and the shaping of the man. I still can't get over the image of the patrician Roosevelt investigating the slums and cigar industry with Samuel Gompers. Because Teddy was so easy to caricature, many of us
do not get beyond the carton image of him tugging the boat through the Panama Canal or walking giant like with his "big Stick." As one of our most dynamic and complex presidents he deserves better and Mr McCullough
delivers!

Now please, please, please write a biography of James Madison, Mr. McCullough.
( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
Brilliantly written. McCullough really gets to the heart of what made Teddy Teddy. Some wonderful insights into his personality and the shaping of the man. I still can't get over the image of the patrician Roosevelt investigating the slums and cigar industry with Samuel Gompers. Because Teddy was so easy to caricature, many of us
do not get beyond the carton image of him tugging the boat through the Panama Canal or walking giant like with his "big Stick." As one of our most dynamic and complex presidents he deserves better and Mr McCullough
delivers!

Now please, please, please write a biography of James Madison, Mr. McCullough.
( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
Mornings on Horseback (1981)

Winner of the 1982 National Book Award for Biography and Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography

This work is a wealth of information... well written and extensively researched.

I came aboard hoping for character studies of family members.
I'm leaving pleased with McCullough's approach.
I found character development presented with "penetrating insight" and often intimate detail.
You couldn't help but come to a deeper understanding of family members and their "diversity"

The social and political environment of the time was adequately addressed.

Amidst it all... I enjoyed the experience of the metamorphosis and intensity of this period of Theodore Roosevelt's life.

★ ★ ★ ★ ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 14, 2015 |
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In the year 1869, when the population of New York City had reached nearly a million, the occupants of 28 East 20th Street, a five-story brownstone, numbered six, exclusive of the servants.
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Mornings on Horseback is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as "a masterpiece" (John A. Gable, Newsday), it is the winner of the Los Angeles Times 1981 Book Prize for Biography and the National Book Award for Biography. Written by David McCullough, the author of Truman, this is the story of a remarkable little boy, seriously handicapped by recurrent and almost fatal asthma attacks, and his struggle to manhood: an amazing metamorphosis seen in the context of the very uncommon household in which he was raised.

The father is the first Theodore Roosevelt, a figure of unbounded energy, enormously attractive and selfless, a god in the eyes of his small, frail namesake. The mother, Mittie Bulloch Roosevelt, is a Southerner and a celebrated beauty, but also considerably more, which the book makes clear as never before. There are sisters Anna and Corinne, brother Elliott (who becomes the father of Eleanor Roosevelt), and the lovely, tragic Alice Lee, TR's first love. All are brought to life to make "a beautifully told story, filled with fresh detail", wrote The New York Times Book Review.

A book to be read on many levels, it is at once an enthralling story, a brilliant social history and a work of important scholarship which does away with several old myths and breaks entirely new ground. It is a book about life intensely lived, about family love and loyalty, about grief and courage, about "blessed" mornings on horseback beneath the wide blue skies of the Badlands.

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This biography of young Theodore Roosevelt covers his youth when he demanded a strenuous life despite his asthma, weak eyes, and patrician family.

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